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OK, it’s late at night and we’re all back here because this is where the humans go to type stuff up, and we’re thinking this is the best way to get something into the paper where folks can see it.

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The Farm Show finished its run for another year, so I guess that means spring can’t be far behind.

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It’s been said that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. Most often, resolutions are tied to improving ourselves by breaking harmful habits or making beneficial changes to make us and thus our lives better.

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Over the holiday season, I got the chance to meet my 8-month-old niece for the first time, ever! She is the first grandchild in the family and it was such a joy to be introduced to our newest member.

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All the years we lived on the stone house farm, a cock pheasant challenged our vehicles as we drove down the farm lane on January mornings.

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About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have been sworn in to represent the people of the 193rd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. I often reflect on the responsibility you have entrusted to me and want to take a moment to renew that commitment.

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We’ve been chatting about 2020 trips, but with the New Year, it’s probably time to do some serious planning. Winter solstice is behind us, although there’s a lot of winter still ahead.

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One of the things that makes the Christmas season such an emotional time is the buildup of all those memories that we’ve accumulated over the years.

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Carlisle Fish and Game will host a New Year’s Day shoot on Jan. 1, 2020, at their club grounds on Trindle Road -- between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. They plan to mix it up and play some shooting games they don’t often do on their trap fields.

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So there I was, sitting at the dining room table, wrapping socks of a high degree of fluffiness, and thinking about how those socks were acquired when suddenly half a century or more of Christmas shopping passed through my mind like a shooting star.

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Sadly, the birthplace of liberty and freedom has become one of the highest taxed and over-regulated states in the nation. It seems that Harrisburg bureaucrats are continuously looking for new ways to extort revenue from its citizens. We all know the sting of taxation, where sadly, Pennsylvan…

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Just a few minutes ago, I heard our office manager next door cooing like a crazy person. I believe the direct quote was, “Look at those adorable poochies.”

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What can I tell you? I haven’t seen deer at camp so far this season, but I’m optimistic.

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I have to confess. I didn’t get out last Saturday for the last day of rifle deer season, but I can explain.

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Believe it or not, this is the hardest column I have to write all year. Sure, there are times during the year that I can’t seem to find anything to write about, but something pops up.

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When one looks through a microscope, one sees a ‘small sample’ (i.e. the Big Spring School District) as opposed to when one uses a telescope to view a larger universe (all 499 school districts in PA). I recently attended the PA School Board Association state-wide conference where all 499 sch…

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Ed and I hunted pheasants last Wednesday and Thursday on Game Land 169 with only a few flushes, but decided to try again on Friday afternoon hoping the Game Commission might stock a few birds for the final stocking before Christmas.

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A family in Texas put their outdoor Christmas decorations up early this year because they’re expecting a baby around Christmas. They already have two little ones, and they want to make sure the children get to enjoy the holiday festivities because they know a new baby will take time away fro…

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Steve had a combine in our field the other day to shell the corn, and that night around midnight, some spotlighters drove up our lane looking for deer nibbling on kernels or corn left in the field after harvest. I don’t mind them spotlighting from the hard road, but our lane is a private dri…

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Most Pennsylvanians want to be left alone to live their lives without undue interference from the government.

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A fellow asked me the other day, “What happened to all the pheasants?” I thought about it a while before answering. He was a farmer, and I knew he had to make a living from his farmland. But, then again, much of the reason for the decline of Pennsylvania’s pheasant population was a combinati…

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True confession: I like those online “quizzes” that promise to tell us something remarkable about ourselves based on the answers we provide to a handful of questions.

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Sometimes the things I hear, see, or read make me shake my head and ask, “Is this for real?”

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I can’t wait any longer. I miss our fall and winter songbirds feeding at our feeders. I hear some cardinals calling from the fencerow, and sometimes see a dove or two in the phone wires. But with the colder weather settling in, the migrants from up north should be arriving, and we’d like to …

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When it comes to being frightened out of my wits intentionally, I choose “Just say no.”

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We drained the water from the storage tank on our little motorhome and emptied the cupboards of any liquids, such as dish soap, salad dressing and drinks from the refrigerator. We still need to pump RV antifreeze through the water lines and put what’s left from the last gallon down the sink,…

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Think fast – there’s been an accident. Do you know what to do if disaster strikes? Of course you do...call 911. Many of us have called it, and morning, noon or night, you can be sure someone will answer. We are blessed to live in a state where someone will answer, and help will come.